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Automatic Notification for changes in course enrollment status

Automatic Notification for changes in course enrollment status


Would it be possible to add a notification option for changes in course enrollment? Simply utilizing the current notification process, but with an additional option. Thus the course owner can be notified (according to their selections and chosen frequency) of dropped or added (or inactive) students, addition of TA`s, observers etc..

This would make course management for large classes, especially those that also meet and are active outside of the canvas environment, much simpler and more efficient.

Learner II

We automate most of it through SIS, but this is a specific situation. I appreciate your notes on this!

Community Advocate
Community Advocate

Ours is a specialized program too, which make it not very effective to push through SIS. It can be frustrating! If you would like any specific information, you are welcome to contact me directly! I've got screenshots, walk through instructions, the whole nine-yards on how the feature worked & how it no longer exists +the tedious work around process that it takes to do the simple 2 click process that was in place before.

Community Member

To receive a decline notification would be very helpful for me too.  I receive e-mail notification when they accept, but if they decline, they disappear.  We are using this for a training course which has about 1,000 invites.


New to Canvas, I'm coming from D2L, where it would notify an instructor when a new student was enrolled in their course. There's a request to have the same thing happen for Canvas. 

The perspective seems to be that Canvas can't (or doesn't) do this, but the Notification settings and documentation seems to suggest otherwise, but I also haven't had the time to experiment with this myself. I came across this document page 14 (Groups) seems to suggest that if a user is enrolled in the course it notifies ... someone and that its a user preference setting.

Is this not the same thing as the idea mentioned? 


It would be most helpful for me to be notified of students who have added the course when we do participation reporting shortly after drop add.  Students who add at the last minute require urgent instructor outreach to avoid being dropped from the course for a lack of participation.  In place of a notification, this problem could also be solved by adding a note beside the name of new additions to the course in people or grades referencing the student's start date.

Surveyor II

We add via SIS import so the new TA'S or instructors aren't getting a notification for their new course. This would be beneficial for our instructors and TA'S that may change in our dissertation courses to be notified that they have a new section/course/student course.